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Category Discover Athens

Athens is widely known for being the birthplace of democracy, home to the imposing Parthenon, the Pnyx Hill, The Temple of Olympian Zeus, and other remarkable ancient sites. Being a city drenched in history, the Greek capital attracts hordes of tourists from all around the world eager to visit the city’s museums and landmarks. And while discovering Athens’ historic monuments is a reason on its own to visit the Greek capital, the city offers much more than meets the eye. Athens features numerous hidden spots, outdoor places, and alternative districts that showcase the city’s rich past and current urban culture. Explore the non-touristy side of Athens and get a proper taste of life in the Greek capital. All you have to do is to follow the locals’ lead, go off the beaten path, and see the city like a real Athenian. Get to know the Athenian neighborhoods and attractions and discover some of the best day trips you can have from Athens. Also, don’t miss our detailed guides on how to travel from Athens to the Greek islands. Observe the city’s art culture beyond the museums and get lost in its narrow picturesque alleys. Athens is a fascinating city offering endless reasons to add it to your travel bucket list. Discover each one of them at Athens By Locals and let the capital of Greece enchant you.

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Exarchia district Athens

Discover Exarchia Neighborhood in Athens

Often brought to the limelight of both international and local media as a symbol of the Greek urban modernity and a place that sparks controversy, the Exarchia neighborhood in Athens has quickly risen to fame during the past years. Squabbles…


The Scenic Koukaki Neighborhood in Athens

Koukaki is one of the several neighborhoods of Athens that have been steadily gaining in popularity during the past few years. Deemed as one of the world’s “hottest” districts by numerous major tourism industry leaders, the scenic community is seeing…

explore plaka neighborhood

The Picturesque Plaka Neighborhood in Athens

Stretching around the northeast side of Acropolis Hill, Plaka is the most iconic residential neighborhood in Athens and one of the oldest unremittingly inhabited settlements in the world, with more than three thousand years of history. Its trademark maze-like alleyways,…

monastiraki travel guide athens

A Local’s Guide to Monastiraki in Athens

With the city’s trendiest neighborhoods being just a stone’s throw away, Monastiraki has been locals’ favorite meeting point for decades now. The famous square is always full of life, buzzing with cheerful jive and a jaunty atmosphere. Landing in Monastiraki…

shopping in monastiraki athens

A Local’s Guide to Shopping in Athens

Shopping in Athens is one of the things that is rarely mentioned among the best things to do in the city on online travel guides. And yet, the main shopping streets of Athens are often filled with tourists holding bags…

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